Last year Dial Before You Dig and Coates Hire, Australia’s largest equipment supplier formed a partnership to help promote and spread the safe excavation message to people hiring equipment at the largest and busiest depot in Melbourne. The initiative was designed to protect Australia’s $340 billion-dollar underground infrastructure network. Safeguarding this expansive infrastructure is critical as interruptions to gas, electricity, telecommunications, water and sewerage networks can severely impact communities and businesses in lost time and money.
Reports of third parties striking underground infrastructure networks continues to be reported in the news demonstrating the need that continued awareness and education is required.
The non-monetary partnership will see Coates Hire equipment display ‘Remember To Dial Before You Dig’ stickers across the company’s 1000 earthmoving machines as a continual reminder to its operating staff and those intending to excavate to lodge a free Dial Before You Dig enquiry before commencing any works. As Australia’s largest supplier of excavation equipment to the construction industry, this partnership allows Dial Before You Dig to continue to grow its membership and promote safe excavation practices.
Stuart Burdack, CEO of Dial Before You Dig (National) encourages and supports these collaborative partnerships in promoting asset protection initiatives,
“Knowing that most damage happens through mechanical excavation, we had a strong interest in working with Coates Hire to get our damage prevention and safety messages out to machine operators. This approach is new ground for us all, but it makes a lot of sense.”
The partnership initially began as a pilot program at Coates Hire, Dandenong, Victoria branch and following its success has expanded to all Coates Hire branches in Australia.
Dial Before You Dig welcomes this partnership and looks forward to working with Coates Hire in promoting and spreading the safe excavation message to the Hirer industry.